Mike Joined us back in January 2016 and it’s hard to think of life without him as part of our team now! In his first week with us Mike managed to get an amazing 4 passes, well and truly making his mark and over the next 2 years he’s gathered over 70 passes!
Mike was the winner of our ADI of the year 2016 and second place in 2017 missing out by just 1 single pass!
Mike has been an instructor since 2000 and currently teach’s in a BMW Mini Cooper 1.2 turbo. Mike is a great, natural teacher and he’s responsible for teaching our trainee instructors for their part 3 driving instructor exam – another job he excel’s at!
Currently Mike has taken it upon himself to explore something he has always been interested in – sign language with the hope to being able to bring an extra skill into his teaching and help people learn to drive with hearing difficulties.
Mike currently covers Ormskirk and all areas of Southport.
We asked Mike a few questions!
When & Why did you become a driving instructor?
Been a driving instructor for about 14 years. I Decided to do it because of the love of Driving and my undeniable patience haha!
What did you do before you qualified as an ADI?
Before qualifying as a driving instructor I worked in a Casino.
Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows.
As if I’d tell you something that no one knows ha ha. But for my 50th birthday year I want to do all 4 tennis grand slams
You’re currently learning sign language – how’s it going and do you hope to be able to branch out and teach people with hearing problems how to drive?
Sign language is always something I’ve been interested in and with the help of the boss I hope it’s something we can bring into the company to give equal opportunity to hard of hearing people.
If you could tell yourself anything when you where learning to drive, what would it be?
I’d tell myself not to wave at people I know on my test. It ends up with a fail haha
Did you pass first time?
3rd time 🙂 haha
Favourite lesson and why?
I taught a lad from Pakistan and I learnt some of his language to help him relax. He passed first time and I’m still in touch with him to this day.
Worst lesson and why?
Giving Stuart a lesson for Liam’s part 3. I felt awful. But think it made Stu a better driver haha.
There’s been a bit of a debate lately about what test centre is easier, what’s you take on it. Where is easier to pass your test – Norris Green or Southport?
No test centre is easier. Just different.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watching Walking dead, American horror story and most of all, Big Bang Theory.
Oh and eating chocolate :))
That all makes me sound like a nerd! 🙂
Thank you to my fantastic driving instructor Carl James for helping me pass my test I couldn’t even start a car 9 months ago and now I have passed I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting to have driving lessons you make people feel Calm and relaxed whist driving and it helps and your quite funny too lol I really can’t thank you enough for everything.
Nothing but praise for Carl James! Amazing driving instructor I know Ive had a few!! Tried driving when I was younger then a few years back but never really had the confidence or tbh enjoyed the lessons. Carl made me feel at ease had a few laughs and jokes on the way and put the confidence in me to pass today.
I would highly recommend him perfect combination of laid back, informative and encouraging!
Carl Laura Ferguson
Can’t thank Carl enough, it’s been a complete turn around for me, he definitely pushes you out of your comfort zone but it’s what’s needed. I thought it’d be well into next year before i passed, I’m amazed thanks for such a confidence boost
I had some bad experience with other driving schools but Mike and the driving academy are amazing. Mike was extremely accommodating to my work schedule to fit in lessons. I had failed previous tests and had lost confidence and enjoyment in driving but Mike was great at talking through any issues I was struggling with and asking me what I wanted to focus on each lesson.
I also had a mock test with Stu a week before my actual test which helped me calm my nerves and pick up on any problems I had before my actual test …..which I aced!
Thanks to Mike and the driving academy for all their support and my making driving lesson fun.
I passed with Mike and he couldn’t have been a better instructor if he tried!
Kept me calm in moments of panic, reassured me when I was doubting myself & he’s great to talk too. I’ve gained a friend from my experience!
I have just passed my test with Mike!
I was initially a nervous wreck and Mike’s patience and positive attitude completely turned that around!
Mike is super upbeat so even when I wasn’t confident in my driving he was confident enough for the both of us!
He was flexible with lesson times so I could fit it around work which was great
Couldn’t recommend mike enough
I have just passed with Mike! What a brilliant fella he is, I was so nervous to start with and Mikes brilliant teaching style and fab sense of humour made me relax straight away.
He went out of his way to give me extra support and worked around my working hours. Not only did I learn how to drive I had a good laugh doing it!
Thank you Mike!!!
Learning to drive with Mike? An important part of your practical driving test is to understand basic car maintenance, such as checking oil levels and testing your brake lights. Learn all about Mike’s Mini here